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The Health Ministry has appointed a committee to make recommendations on
legislation regarding controversial issues on fertility and parenthood – from
whether to inform children born with donated sperm about the identity of their
fathers, to sex selection of embryos, age limitations for in-vitro fertilization
(IVF) and the restriction of unconventional families from subsidized
assisted reproduction techniques.
New Health Ministry director- general Dr.
Ronni Gamzu gave the committee, headed by Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, a year to
study the issues and present recommendations.
Mor-Yosef, a gynecologist by
profession, is director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization.
members will represent the medical, legal, philosophy, medical ethics
Some of the issues are currently regulated without
legislation and have been criticized by affected groups, from
lesbians who want their health funds to pay for infants produced by IVF
treatments, to couples who want to choose the sex of their babies via
preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Other issues to be discussed include
procedures that begin abroad, where ova can be purchased, with would-be
wanting to be implanted in Israel.
The panel will investigate the
controversial issues, taking into consideration technological advances,
considerations, the right to parenthood, the good of the child, Halacha,
changes, and policies in other countries, the ministry statement said on